On sale now, Nissan’s 2014 Pathfinder comes in 14 different model configurations including a half-dozen of them being versions of the all-new hybrid models.
All versions are based around a 2.5-liter supercharged gas engine plus electric motor and lithium-ion battery, and Nissan announced today its prices for the base SV two-wheel-drive trim would start an even $3,000 over a comparable 3.5-liter V6 equipped SV non-hybrid Pathfinder.
Efficiency for the 2WD versions is rated 24 percent higher combined for the hybrid at 26 mpg. City is 25 mpg, highway is 28 mpg, and opting for the 4WD powertrain drops highway to 27 mpg.
Both hybrid and conventional models have a 19.5-gallon fuel tank and rated range for the hybrid is 546 miles.
Nor is compromise stated for passenger capacity and space for the second and third row, as the battery is concealed under the third row seat.
Nissan’s parallel hybrid powertrain employs a “Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System” consisting of one motor and two clutches. The 15-kw motor works wit the gas engine and power is said to be nearly equal to the conventional version.
The hybrid system is rated at 250 net horsepower and 243 pounds-feet of torque and the 3.5-liter V6 offers 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet. Said power is routed via “an advanced, next-generation” Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) and utilizes also regenerative braking.
The SUV is tow rated at 3,500 pounds when equipped for it, and offed in models is selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes from an available intuitive ALL-MODE 4×4-i system.
Not a lot distinguishes the hybrid from non-hybrid, but the hybrid does offer LED taillights and Nissan PUREDRIVE Hybrid badges externally, and inside is a customizable 4.2-inch color monitor to show system power output and input per hybrid vehicle practice.